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Rasmussen leads tight Prema trio in FREC Mugello practice

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Just over a tenth of a second covered Prema’s lead three drivers at the top of the times in Formula Regional European Championship free practice at Mugello.

Oliver Rasmussen was fastest in both sessions, with his team-mates initially off the pace in the morning. They made significant improvements in FP2 to pretty much match the Dane, who ended up 0.056 seconds ahead of title rival Arthur Leclerc.

Championship leader Gianluca Petecof completed the top three, 0.119s behind, while Prema’s fourth car driven by Jamie Chadwick was 1.524s off the pace in ninth place.

Another to make significant gains in the second session was Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pierre-Louis Chovet, who ended up in a clear fourth place.

Series returnee Juri Vips edged his KIC Motorsport team-mate Patrik Pasma to fifth place, three quarters of a second off Prema’s pace, and Konsta Lappalainen was nearly two tenths further back in seventh.

After making a delayed testing debut at the circuit last week, the Cram Motorsport-run Maestro Motorsport team was once again absent from the on-track action.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Oliver Rasmussen Prema 1m41.580s 36
2 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m41.636s +0.056s 36
3 Gianluca Petecof Prema 1m41.699s +0.119s 35
4 Pierre-Louis Chovet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m42.255s +0.675s 32
5 Juri Vips KIC Motorsport 1m42.314s +0.734s 28
6 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport 1m42.357s +0.777s 28
7 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport 1m42.537s +0.957s 33
8 Alessandro Famularo Van Amersfoort Racing 1m42.789s +1.209s 33
9 Jamie Chadwick Prema 1m43.104s +1.524s 35
10 Emidio Pesce DR Formula by RP Motorsport 1m43.849s +2.269s 29
11 Gillian Henrion Gillian Track Events 1m44.530s +2.950s 35
12 Andrea Cola Monolite Racing 1m45.584s +4.004s 27